Man, I haven’t done one of these since… MAY??? Wow. There were multiple reasons for it fading away — I’d originally envisioned Worth a Click as a weekly respite from longer posts on my busiest days, but being the verbose writer that I am, it never worked out that way. Ideally, it was supposed to be like Afrobella’s essence condensed — a random hodgepodge of the things I’m obsessed with, anchored by a beauty or hair related link and ending with a fun music video. But lack of focus = lack of comments = lack of interest on my part, and eventually I just tried doing multiple shorter posts instead. Haven’t been too successful there, either. But whatevs, I’m a chick with a lot to say and there’s nothing wrong with that, am I right?
In honor of my victory in the Black Weblog Awards (I am still so excited about that!!!) this will be an All-Star Worth a Click, featuring some of my friends in the black blogosphere who also won awards this year.
Kicking things off with one of my favorite blogs — Fly, with an adorable homage to bell hooks’ classic children’s book Happy to be Nappy. Fly’s author doesn’t have love for the word nappy, and I see where she’s coming from — the word has been turned into a weapon that’s often used in a negative, condemnatory manner. We’ve given the word a lot of power, in this post-Don Imus landscape. I personally don’t take umbrage with nappy, although I try to be careful how I use it. But I’m pretty damn happy to be nappy, I’m crazy about my curls, and I’m content with my kinks. My hair is so marvelously multitextured, sometimes I need lots of words to describe it. And sometimes, nappy’s the most accurate word. What say you, fellow afrobellas? Do you embrace or eschew “nappy”?
Racialicious has the scoop on the brewing VH1 controversy. And I read on Stereohyped that a VH1 boycott is already afoot. Quick question — Does that also go for VH1 Soul? I’m surprised it took leaked info about a rejected reality show that probably would have sucked anyway to get a boycott poppin’. But at the same time I have to out myself as a chronic VH1 watcher. Don’t get it twisted — I DON’T love New York or most of the trainwreck “look at me, I’m so wealthy” television they specialize in now. But… shamefully, I sorta sometimes watch Rock of Love (I turn off my brain and surrender to the ridiculousness sometimes, and yeah, I’m blushing in shame as I write this). Rich’s recaps are often funnier than the actual episodes. Rich is one of few bloggers who can literally make me LOL. And I need something to tide me over till Best Week Ever returns.
I just hope this current rash of bad publicity makes VH1 start offering some alternatives to the do-anything-for-fame-groupies-fawning-over-aging-celebrity formula they’ve lapsed into. I tell ya, from Flavor Flav to Scott Baio, I’m getting sick of all of it. It’s time for another Ego Trip racism series, VH1. And while you’re at it, put Patrice O’Neal back on Web Junk 2.0, because the show sucks without him. Thanks.
Attention makeup junkies — Stereohyped interviewed the one and only Sam Fine, and got a short list of his favorite makeup items! Which I will now proceed to purchase and review. Starting with that Black Opal Creme Stick Foundation. Since I ran out of my Iman stick foundation, I haven’t had a perfect match. I’m a big, big fan of Sam Fine’s artistry, so I’ll take all the tips I can get!
Spotted over at Crunk and Disorderly — the Read a Book BET cartoon debate has JUST hit CNN. Like, months and months after it hit the blogosphere. Yours truly mentioned it in July, and I was late to the party then. Winner of the judges vote for Blog of the Year, What About Our Daughters, has strong opinions on the popular viral video and BET as a whole. And a suggestion for those of us who are sick and tired of the stereotyping — no more cable. No more cable?! Huh? But… but… then I couldn’t watch the amazing shark documentary that I’m watching as I type this!
All jokes aside, What About Our Daughters is doing a great job of calling attention to the stories that are affecting that our community. The kind that mainstream media seems to be ignoring. She’s currently shining the spotlight on Dunbar Village, an impoverished black community in West Palm Beach that was the location of a truly horrific, blood curdling sexual assault. Read it and you might literally weep. Click here if you’d like to donate money to the victims.
Speaking of serious issues, Clutch has a great Jena 6 follow-up, which addresses the issues in donating to support their legal defense funds. And I got an e mail from a reader who suggests that we personally send cards and letters of support to
Mychael Bell, Inmate, A-Dorm
LaSalle Correctional Center
15976 Highway 165
The idea being, if Paris Hilton could have gotten truckloads of loving mail to comfort her during the lonely nights, Mychael deserves the same.
Trini Gourmet featured a recipe that took me back to my childhood days. My Auntie Opal used to give me fried eggplant for a snack after school sometimes, and it is sooooooooooo good. As timing would have it, eggplant is also the South Beach Diet’s fabulous fall food. So I’m gonna have to go eggplant shopping this weekend!
When I first spotted the new Jill Scott album cover over at the Best Humor Blog, the immediate thought that came to mind was, “Jill is playing with my emotions.” Straight hair. On Jill Scott. And the album’s called The Real Thing. Huh? Is this meant to be an ironic “I am Not My Hair” statement, or a leftover wig from her role in the upcoming Tyler Perry movie? Has she just switched it on us, straight up? Literally? She’s rocking the straight do in her new video for My Love — spotted over at new music blog Soulbounce, which I am sure will be up for Black Weblog Awards aplenty next year. But the big fab hair is in effect and I am LOVING it in the Hate on Me video. And she looks so fly in her AMAZING VH1 Soul live performance.
Jilly from Philly, I love you relaxed or natural. But you’ve been my hair heroine for a while now. It’s always a bit hard to let go of a fellow afrobella, but it’ll be extra hard to let you go.
Go ‘head and do your thing, you’re got a stan for life right here. Click here to pre-order The Real Thing, which hits stores September 25. And for the bella who wrote to me asking what kind of outfits I wear to work — Jill’s outfit is quite similar to my daily work look. Cute, comfortable top, sweaters or layers work because my office is like 55 degrees year round, jeans, and bangin’ accessories. And I totally just bought a pair of big, heavy “gold” hoops from Claire’s last week, too. Hoop earrings + big crazy afro fabulousness = instant style force to be reckoned with. I’ll do a big full figured fashion review next week, so hold tight!
Happy Friday to everyone, and special congratulations to all of my fellow Black Weblog Award nominees and winners!